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Richmond police fine more COVID-19 rule breakers

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:20 PST, Fri February 19, 2021

Richmond RCMP continue to issue violation tickets to people who contravene provincial orders aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Officers attended a karaoke bar near the Aberdeen Square mall in the 4000 block of No. 3 Road around 1 a.m. on Saturday. After observing numerous contraventions of provincial orders, police handed out $230 violation tickets to 34 staff and patrons. The manager received a ticket for $2300.

The following night, around 2 a.m., officers attended a commercial premises in the 2600 block of Shell Road. Upon arrival, police overheard people singing karaoke and discovered what appeared to be an unlicensed drinking establishment. In all, 21 participants received $230 tickets and the organizer on-scene also received a ticket for $2300.

In both cases, the investigations continue to determine what other business and/or liquor related charges may apply.

“Richmond RCMP is committed to promoting safety in our community, and we will continue to enforce the regulations aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19,” says Cpl. Ian Henderson of the Richmond RCMP. 

“It’s quite clear that some people are still not getting the message.  People who continue to engage in this type of reckless, irresponsible behaviour will be held to account.”

If you learn of other similar events being organized in Richmond, or happen to witness other parties or large gatherings in Richmond, call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at www.solvecrime.ca

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